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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Indian Army Recovers 18 Bodies from Mount Everest Base Camp...

An Indian army mountaineering team has found 18 bodies on Mount Everest after a the earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain, according to an army spokesman.

Nepal's tourism ministry could only confirm 10 deaths, but spokesman Gyanendra Shrestha said that the death toll could rise, and that the avalanche had buried part of the base camp.


A powerful earthquake, epicentred in Nepal, today shook northern and eastern parts of India, killing 34 people and injuring about 100 others as houses and buildings collapsed or were damaged.

States such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal were the worst affected parts of India and massive rescue and relief operations were initiated on war-footing basis with Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself monitoring the situation and issuing directives.

Union Home Secretary L C Goyal told a press conference here in the evening that 34 people had died due to earthquake in various parts of the country. Of them, 23 died in Bihar, eight in Uttar Pradesh and three in West Bengal, he said. Nearly 100 people were injured in these states.

A powerful earthquake flattened houses and buildings in Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 1,500 people as the worst temblor in 80 years destroyed the iconic Dharhara tower and renowned Darbar Square in the heart of the capital.
The quake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale, which was followed by 16 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater, killed 876 people including over 250 in Kathmandu and left several thousands injured and hundreds missing across the country.
The earthquake around 11:56 am with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, had its impact in several cities in Bihar, West Bengal and UP and tremors were felt across vast stretches of east and northeast India.
It was also felt in Southern and Western parts of India, China, Bhutan and as far as Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Miraculously the famous 5th century Pashupatinath temple here was undamaged, while a number of old temples were razed. Several buildings, most of them old, in the densely-popu
At least 180 bodies have been retrieved from the debris of two-century old nine-storey landmark Dharhara tower in the centre of the capital.
Kathmandu's Darbar Square, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage site, was completely damaged in the quake which was the worst to hit Nepal and surrounding regions after the earthquake of 8.4 magnitude which occurred along the Nepal-Bihar border in 1934.
The army, the police and emergency workers were pressed into service for rescue of those trapped and rushing injured survivors to hospitals. Many of the injured could be seen suffering bleeding injuries covered in dust from the debris.
The daughter of a local employee in the Indian embassy died and his wife suffered serious injuries when a house in the mission complex in Kathmandu collapsed during the quake.
Nearly 125 people from Maharashtra and Telangana are stranded in Nepal after the earthquake. Around 80 people from Nashik had gone to Nepal for pilgrimage while 15-20 people were on a trekking expedition. 
Twenty-five tourists from Hyderabad, who are in Kathmandu, are safe. "Now, all of us are safe in an open ground, close to the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu," Gowrishankar, who took the tourists, said.
Hospitals were over-crowded with injured, with many of them being treated in the open outside the hospitals. An emergency cabinet meeting has announced 29 districts as crisis zones, the Home ministry said.


Friday, 24 April 2015

The Man Who Can Find Disappeared Malaysian Airline MH370!


An aviation expert has claimed that he has identified the wreckage of the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing in March last year.
Andre Milne, who is investigating the disappearance independently, insists that he has located the wreckage between India and Malaysia in the Bay of Bengal. But he says he would need £1.3 million to find it, and hopes to crowdfund a project with supporters pledging  £6.70 each.
In a video appeal, Milne said, “This area is not being searched. I need your help in order to verify one way or another whether this is in fact MH370.”
Flight MH370 had disappeared on March 8 last year while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board. There were five Indians on the flight. The plane is believed to have ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean.
A year-long, Australia-led search effort in the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is believed to have crashed has so far yielded no sign of the plane.


Monday, 20 April 2015

India Navy Launched its Largest Destroyer INS Visakhapatnam.....

India Navy's new stealth destroyer, Visakhapatnam, designed indigenously and fitted with advanced features, was launched in Mumbai on Monday, boosting the maritime force's firepower capability.
The Kolkata-class warship, the first of P15-B stealth destroyers, was launched by Minu Dhowan, wife of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan, at Mazagaon Docks Ltd.
The ship, weighing approximately 3,000 tons during the launch, is slated to be christened as 'INS Visakhapatnam' on commissioning.
The 163-metre-long vessel will be propelled by four gas turbines, and is designed to achieve a speed of over 30 knots at a displacement of approximately 7,300 tons.
The indigenously designed stealth destroyer will have state-of-the-art weapons, sensors, an advance Action Information System, in Integrated Platform Management system, sophisticated Power Distribution System and a host of other advanced features.
It will be fitted with supersonic surface-to-surface missile system. The system enables the ship to engage shore-based and naval surface targets at long range, making it a lethal platform for strike against enemy targets. The ship's air defence capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, will revolve around the vertical launch and long range surface to air missile system.
Four 30 mm rapid-fire guns will provide the ship with close-in-defence capability, while an MR gun will enable her to provide effective naval gunfire support.
Indigenously developed twin tube torpedo launchers and rocket launchers will add punch to the ship's anti-submarine capability. The vessel is follow-on of P15A Kolkata-class destroyers with enhanced features.
The indigenisation content in P15-B class destroyers is a notch above her illustrious predecessors in line with the 'Make in India policy' of the Government.
The P15-B stealth destroyers have been designed by the force's in-house unit - Directorate of Naval Design. The design of Project 15B destroyers is testimony of the Navy's firm commitment towards achieving indigenisation by using high-end technology in the field of weapons/sensors/machinery and stealth.

Mazagaon Docks, the country's premier warship building yard, is engaged in producing sophisticated world-class warships and submarines. At present four destroyers and six submarines are under various stages of construction at MDL.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Obama writes"warm profile" Poverty to Prime Minister for Narender Modi ......

US President BarackObama has written a "warm profile" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi 
For Time Magazine, The profile, titled "India's reformer-in-chief", is part of the publication's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. After coming to power last year, Mr Modi promised to start the reforms process to take India to "new heights of economic development".
Mr Obama admires the rise of Mr Modi from a tea-seller to India's prime minister in the profile. Mr Modi had spoken about his humble roots during his election campaigning last year.
"As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he is the leader of the world's largest democracy, and his life story - from poverty to Prime Minister - reflects the dynamism and potential of India's rise,
The News papersays "Mr Obama has described Mr Modi's life story 'from poverty to prime minister' as one that reflects the dynamism and potential of India's rise".
Mr Modi, meanwhile, thanked the US president for his kind words. "Dear @BarackObama your words are touching & inspiring. Thanks," the paper quotes Mr Modi's Tweet.
The US president and the Indian prime minister have developed bonhomie in recent months with both leaders visiting each other's countries. Mr Modi visited the US in September last year and Mr Obama was present as the chief guest during India's Republic Day celebrations in January this year.
But his ties with the US and its leaders have not always been smooth. The US repeatedly denied him visas when he was the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat due to his controversial role in the riots in the state in 2002.


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Who is fighting whom? In Yemen .......


In recent months Yemen has descended into conflicts between several different groups, pushing the country "to the edge of civil war", according to the UN's special adviser.
The main fight is between forces loyal to the beleaguered President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and those allied to Zaidi Shia rebels known as Houthis, who forced Mr Hadi to flee the capital Sanaa in February.
Yemen's security forces have split loyalties, with some units backing Mr Hadi, and others the Houthis and Mr Hadi's predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has remained politically influential. Mr Hadi is also supported in the predominantly Sunni south of the country by militia known as Popular Resistance Committees and local tribesmen.
Both President Hadi and the Houthis are opposed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has staged numerous deadly attacks from its strongholds in the south and south-east.
The picture is further complicated by the emergence in late 2014 of a Yemen affiliate of the jihadist group Islamic State, which seeks to eclipse AQAP and claims it carried out a series of suicide bombings in Sanaa in March 2015.
After rebel forces closed in on the president's southern stronghold of Aden in late March, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia responded to a request by Mr Hadi to intervene and launched air strikes on Houthi targets. The coalition comprises five Gulf Arab states and Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.
What happens in Yemen can greatly exacerbate regional tensions. It also worries the West because of the threat of attacks emanating from the country as it becomes more unstable.
Western intelligence agencies consider AQAP the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda because of its technical expertise and global reach. The US has been carrying out operations, including drone strikes, against AQAP in Yemen with President Hadi's co-operation, but the Houthis' advance has meant the US campaign has been scaled back.
The conflict between the Houthis and the elected government is also seen as part of a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which shares a long border with Yemen.
Gulf Arab states have accused Iran of backing the Houthis financially and militarily, though Iran has denied this, and they are themselves backers of President Hadi.
Yemen is strategically important because it sits on the Bab al-Mandab strait, a narrow waterway linking the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, through which much of the world's oil shipments pass. Egypt and Saudi Arabia fear a Houthi takeover would threaten free passage through the strait.
In short, after months of tightening their hold, the Houthis have formally seized power. In January, the group said it would dissolve parliament and announced plans for a new interim assembly and five-member presidential council, which would rule for up to two years.
The move filled a political vacuum which had existed since President Hadi, the prime minister and cabinet resigned earlier that month after the Houthis placed President Hadi under house arrest and detained other leading figures.
But the Houthis are minority Shia from the north, and their declaration has not been recognised by Sunni tribesmen and southern leaders, threatening Yemen with a further descent into chaos.
President Hadi, who is recognised as Yemen's legitimate leader by the international community, managed to escape to Aden, which he declared the de facto capital.
The Houthis are members of a rebel group, also known as Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), who adhere to a branch of Shia Islam known as Zaidism. Zaidis make up one-third of the population and ruled North Yemen under a system known as the imamate for almost 1,000 years until 1962.
The Houthis take their name from Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi. He led the group's first uprising in 2004 in an effort to win greater autonomy for their heartland of Saada province, and also to protect Zaidi religious and cultural traditions from perceived encroachment by Sunni Islamists.
After Houthi was killed by the Yemeni military in late 2004, his family took charge and led another five rebellions before a ceasefire was signed with the government in 2010.

In 2011, the Houthis joined the protests against then President Saleh and took advantage of the power vacuum to expand their territorial control in Saada and neighbouring Amran province.
They subsequently participated in a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which led to President Hadi announcing plans in February 2014 for Yemen to become a federation of six regions.
The Houthis however opposed the plan, which they said would leave them weakened.
In recent years Yemen has seen violent conflicts largely caused by underlying problems of unequal access to power and resources.
There have been six rounds of fighting between the state and the Houthis in the north; separatist unrest in the south; frequent attacks by AQAP; and power struggles between tribal and military factions.
For much of the 20th Century, Yemen existed as two separate countries - the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) in the north and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) in the south. In 1990, the countries chose to unify and create the Republic of Yemen. However, southerners soon began complaining of political and economic marginalisation by the government in Sanaa, and fought a civil war in 1994 in a failed attempt to reverse the unification.
Instability and large-scale displacement, as well as weak governance, corruption, resource depletion and poor infrastructure, have hindered development in the poorest country in the Middle East.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Rahul Gandhi Returning Back After Long Holiday.....



Rahul Gandhi Returning from Holidays on April 19 .....

India's main opposition Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi is preparing to return to politics after a leave of absence of nearly two months.A senior party leader said Mr Gandhi would speak at a meeting of farmers in Delhi on 19 April.

Mr Gandhi's break from politics created a stir on social media and the BJP government accused him of "holidaying" while parliament was in session.Mr Gandhi led his party to its worst performance in May's general election. He took leave on 23 February because he wanted time to think, his party said.

The decision came days after his party failed to win a single seat in state polls in Delhi. Party officials had said he wanted to assess his role and the party's future. Mr Gandhi will now appear on 19 April at a rally of farmers to protest against the government's controversial land acquisition bill, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said.

Opponents of the bill, including the Congress, say it will be bad for farmers. Mr Gandhi, 44, is from the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty that has dominated Indian politics for decades. The Congress party has suffered a series of election setbacks since it lost power in May last year.

Some Congress leaders have suggested that Mr Gandhi formally take over from his mother, party president Sonia Gandhi.
Other say he remains aloof from party workers, and have called for his sister Priyanka Gandhi to take a more prominent role in politics. However, Ms Gandhi has shown no inclination to join the party.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

PM tells Railways to ensure trains run on time ...


Punctuality of trains has shown a decline, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken note of and the Railway Ministry has been asked to tone up the system.

According to railway data, the month of March last year saw punctuality of 84.43 per cent while the figure for the same month now stands at 79 per cent on a nationwide basis. 

It is learnt that Modi has taken note of the deterioration of the punctuality rate in train services due to late running of important trains. 

PMO has also received several complaints from MPs, ministers and passengeres about trains running way behind schedule. Some complainants have questioned why punctuality could not be maintained when it could be done during the Emergency.

In view of this, instructions have been given to all concerned to make an all-out efforts for running of trains as per schedule and prevent late arrival and departure, said a senior Railway Ministry involved with the monitoring of passenger train movement. 

Railway Board Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla, however, maintained that it is a routine exercise. 

"We constantly monitor train movement as it is our job. We also regularly send details to PMO," Shukla said. 



Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gujarat Assembly Passes Controversial Anti-Terror Bill ....

After failing to get Presidential assent for its anti-terror bill thrice, the Assembly on Tuesday passed by majority vote the controversial Gujarat Control of terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill in a new form.

The GUJCOC Bill, which is on the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), was rejected in 2004 and 2008 by the then President AJP Abdul Kalam and Pratibha Patil respectively, who had suggested some amendments in the provisions related to telephone interception and confession made before police officer being considered as evidence in court.
After its passage for the third time in the State Assembly without any changes, the Bill is still pending for clearance from the President.
The Bill was today passed by a majority vote amid stiff resistance from Opposition Congress, which walked out of the House over its controversial provisions.
The state government re-introduced the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill in the Assembly after renaming it. The bill, however, has retained the controversial provisions.
The contentious provisions of the Bill include admissibility of evidence collected through telephonic interception and confession made before police officer as evidence in court.
The Bill was introduced in the House by Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel, after which a long debate took place on it, in which Opposition Congress demanded removal of controversial sections like telephonic interceptions, confessions made before some police officer as evidence and time limit of 180 days for filing of chargesheet.
At the end of the discussion, Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela and Shaktisinh Gohil insisted that the controversial provisions should be dropped as per the suggestions of past Presidents when they rejected the Bill.
However, Patel said that the provisions of this Bill are in favour of the nation, the people of this country and it allows us to take action against traitors and refused to drop those sections.
Subsequently, Congress walked out of the House.
Later, the Bill was passed by majority vote in the State Assembly.
Section 14 of the Bill says, "Notwithstanding anything contained in the code or in any other law which is in force, the evidence collected through the interception of wire, electronic or oral communication under the provisions of any other law shall be admissible as evidence against the accused in the court during the trial of the case."
According to Section 16 of the Bill, accused's statement before a police officer, not below the rank of Superintendent of police, will be treated as an evidence.
While, Section 20 (2) (b) says stipulated time to complete probe and file the chargesheet can be exceeded to 180 days (six months) from the current stipulated time of 90 days.
Another controversial provision under the bill is section 20 (4), which reads "no accused person in this act shall be released on bail or on his own bond unless the public prosecutor has been given an opportunity to oppose the application, the special court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that accused is not guilty of such offence and that he is not likely to commit any offence while on bail."
The cases under the act can be tried only in a special courts set up for this purpose.
Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil objected to the provisions of the Bill and said that some of them are even unconstitutional.
He told the House that the provision of confession before a police officer is contradictory with Indian Evidence Act as according to Section 164 of CrPC and Indian Evidence Act, a statement before the magistrate can only be considered as an evidence.
On the provision of not releasing an accused on bail, Gohil said the provision is unconstitutional which deprives the right of an accused to get released on bail on his own bond.
However, the government justified the provisions in the Bill by saying that existing legal frame work like the penal and procedural laws and adjudicatory system have been found to be rather inadequate to curb or control the menace of organised crime.
"It is therefore considered necessary to enact a special law with stringent and deterrent provisions," the state government said in the objectives of the Bill.
About the provision of telephonic interceptions, the 'Statement of Objects and Reasons' in the Bill states that this is necessary in these times where organised criminal syndicates make extensive use of wire and oral communication.
It says that the interception of such communication to obtain evidence is inevitable and an indispensable aid for the law enforcement.
Former president APJ Abdul Kalam had in 2004 raised objections over Section 14 (telephonic interception as evidence) and returned the bill to the government led by the then chief minister Narendra Modi, asking it to remove the clause.
Later in 2008, the Bill was passed after deleting the clause related to interception of communication, as per the suggestion of Kalam.
However, then President Pratibha Patil rejected it and suggested some more amendments. One of them was to eliminate the provision which allows admissibility of confession made before a police officer in the court as evidence.
However, ignoring the suggestion, the state government had once again passed the bill in 2009 for the third time and sent it for President's approval.
The old Bill is still pending with the President.

But the ruling BJP hopes that as the NDA government is in power at the Centre, the new Bill is sure to pass the test there.

Monday, 30 March 2015

India will Do best possible to Evacuate Indians From Yemen....

Concerned over the safety of Indians in strife-torn Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held an inter-ministerial meeting during which it was decided to evacuate at least 400 nationals from Aden by sea routes tonight.
With government's plans to airlift the stranded Indians not materialising in view of attack on the Yemen airport late last night, the sea route option was explored and it was decided that a local ship with the capacity of ferrying 400 passengers will be used to transfer all the Indians in Aden to Djibouti, where they will reach on Tuesday morning.
In Djibouti, the Indian nationals will be assisted by senior diplomats and their return to India will be on two large military transport C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
Announcing government's decision, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said that Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh will leave for Djibouti on Tuesday to supervise the evacuation efforts.
Meanwhile, 80 Indians who had left from Yemen on Saturday for Djibouti, have returned to their respective states.
After being granted permission to fly from Sanaa, India had sent two Air India planes. However, because of the attack on the Yemen airport, the planes were at the airport in Muscat.
The meeting, which was attended by the Air Chief and senior officials of the Defence and Shipping ministries as well as aviation, also decided to utilise overseas Indians welfare funds in the region for the evacuation efforts. Asked if the Indian embassy would be shut as was done by many countries, he said as long as "our nationals need assistance, the mission will be there".
Meanwhile, two passenger ships belonging to Lakshadweep administration with the total capacity of 1,500 passengers left for Djibouti port from Kochi this morning to evacuate Indians, the Spokesperson said, adding that the ships will take at least five to seven days to reach their destination.

The government has also pressed into service INS Sumitra, which was in the region, to ensure the safety and security of the ship's passengers from pirates, the Spokesperson said, adding that Indian Navy has also deployed INS Mumbai and INS Turkush. He also ruled out that there was any land option available as of now.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Split with Girlfriend push Germanwings Pilot to crash plane...

Germanwings co-pilot identified as Andreas Lubitz, 27, deliberately flew the jet with 150 onboard into the French Alps. It appeared that he wanted to destroy the aircraft, officials investigating the case said.
Germanwings Flight 9525 was reprogrammed to change the plane's altitude from 38,000 feet to 100 feet, according to Flightradar24, a website that tracks aviation data.      
German police searched Lubitz’s apartment in Dusseldorf on Thursday looking for clues what his “motivation might have been if he did indeed bring the plane down," police spokesman Markus Niesczery said.    

The police said that they made significant discovery at the pilot’s house, adding that it maybe a “clue” on what happened to the fateful aircraft.
German detectives also raided a house in Montabaur, a town 40 miles from Bonn, that Lubitz reportedly shared with his parents.

Lubitz was suffering from a “personal life crisis”, according to a report in The Times, London. German newspaper Bild reported that he had split with his girlfriend recently.
It has also emerged that Lubitz was forced to postpone his pilot training in 2008 because of mental health problems, with a friend saying he was “in depression”, The Daily Mail reports.
Mother of one of his former classmates told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeinethat Lubitz had confessed to her daughter a few years ago that his timeout during training was because of "a burnout, a depression."
Police official checking Co-pilot House..
 Airline bosses confirmed that the pilot had taken several months off, according to the report.
Sources tell The Times that Lubitz was listed not fit for flying during his training at Lufthansa Flight School because he was undergoing psychological treatment for a year and a half. In his file at the German federal aviation agency, a note said that he had to undergo special medical check-ups regularly, Bild reports.   
However, Lufthansa claimed that Lubitz had undergone intensive training. He "was 100 per cent fit to fly without any caveats", said Carsten Spohr, the head of Lufthansa, the German carrier that owns Germanwings.
Chilling final moments of the flight revealed by French prosecutors that Lubitz locked out his captain Patrick S, as the latter headed out of the cockpit to apparently answer nature’s call.

Minutes before the crash, the captain is heard desperately trying to force his way back into the cockpit and passengers are heard screaming. But even in the final moments as the sounds of terrified passengers filled the plane, Lubitz is heard audibly breathing as an alarm warned of imminent collision, The New York Times reported. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Germanwings Co-Pilot Intentionally send Plane to Hell! Know Abt Him...


French prosecutor said that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’.
He revealed that the pilot, which is now being held responsible for the death of 150 people onboard, is Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen.
The information released by authorities investigating the crash about the co-pilot has been sparse, but here’s what we know about Lubitz.

1. Lubitz was a 28-year-old from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and lived with his parents.
2. He began working for Germanwings in September 2013 and had 630 hours of flight experience.
3. Lubitz was registered as a member of a private flight club, LSC Westerwald, and was an avid runner who often took part in local races.
4. His Facebook page lists his interests as aviation and music.
5. Minutes before the plane crashed, Lubitz “was breathing normally, it wasn't the breathing of someone who was struggling”.

6. He was not known to have terrorism links or extremist links.

Police Arrested 2 in 74 yr old Nun Rape case.....



Police investigating the rape of an elderly nun in the Indian state of West Bengal have made their first arrest, more than 12 days after the crime.
Several men were earlier detained by the police for questioning, but no-one had been arrested so far.The incident caused outrage in India and led to street protests in many cities across the country.
Six alleged attackers were caught on CCTV as they burgled the convent before raping the 74-year-old woman. The images, from the Convent of Jesus and Mary, were released by police who offered a reward of 100,000 rupees ($1,500; £1,000) for any information.
The man was arrested in Mumbai and has been taken to Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of West Bengal, senior police official Rajeev Kumar told BBC Hindi.
He identified the arrested man as Mohammad Salim Sheikh but refused to say whether he was one of the men were caught on camera.
The attackers ransacked the convent school in Ranaghat town on 14 March and stole money before raping the nun in the convent itself.
The men also stole money from the school, vandalised the chapel, broke open the tabernacle and took away the ciborium, the sacred vessel used during Mass.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed "deep concern" over the attack and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee promised swift and strong action against those involved.
In recent months, there have been several attacks in India on churches and Christian institutions, leading to insecurity among the community.
But it is not clear whether the assault on the convent was sectarian.